Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 232nd issue of Craft Spirits Weekly. This newsletter is dedicated to bringing ACSA members the news most important to the craft spirits distiller. Check your inbox every Thursday to find a curated selection of articles and news pieces from CRAFT SPIRITS magazine and the American Craft Spirits Association.
Black Button Distilling Announces Rare Whiskey Auction
Black Button Distilling, in cooperation with Blackbird Auctions, announced the first-of-its-kind online auction of barrels of rare, aged whiskey. This digital-only whiskey exchange will be available for licensed distillers in the United States and Canada. (
Montanya Distillers Recognized as ‘Best For The World’ B Corp
Montanya Distillers, a Certified B Corporation, has been named a Best For The World B Corp in recognition of its performance beyond commercial success. Montanya Distillers ranks in the top 5% of all B Corps in its size group worldwide for its environmentally sustainable business practices. (
In Memoriam: Cheryl Lins of Delaware Phoenix Distillery
ACSA was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Cheryl Lins, proprietor of Delaware Phoenix Distillery in Walton, New York. According to a 2009 article in The New York Times, Lins moved from New Mexico to New York in the early 2000s. After reading a 2006 story in The New Yorker about absinthe, Lins became passionate about the spirit. Her distillery would eventually make three absinthe products, as well as a bourbon and rye whiskey.

Craft Spirits TV: The Austrian Imbibing Experience with KOVAL Distillery
The latest episode of Craft Spirits TV is now on YouTube. As the world starts to think about travel again, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, co-founder and president of Chicago's KOVAL Distillery, reveals some of her favorite spirits-drinking experiences in Austria. Please watch and be sure to subscribe.
Tamworth Distilling Whiskey Honors Thoreau
Tamworth Distilling of Tamworth, New Hampshire, is thrilled to announce the release of The Mellow Fellow Corn Whiskey. Made in honor of American essayist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, the straight corn whiskey is aged two years and was named The Mellow Fellow as a nod to Thoreau’s desire to live simply and peacefully amongst his natural surroundings. (
Honeycomb Credit & Barrels Direct Announce $5,000 Barrel Giveaway
Honeycomb Credit is seeking entries from distillers, meaders, vintners and brewers for a $5,000 barrel giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $5,000 Barrels Direct Shopping Spree sponsored by Honeycomb Credit and a 2-year free membership to AgingIT sponsored by Barrels Direct. (
Craft Spirits Podcast: Phillip Ladner of Cathead Distillery
In the latest episode of The Craft Spirits Podcast, Phillip Ladner of Cathead Distillery talks about how winemaking prepared him for a career in distilling, Cathead’s mission to support live music and creating spirits that evoke the South. (
SIA Scotch Whisky Launches Entrepreneurship Program
SIA Scotch Whisky, an award-winning spirits brand founded by a first-generation Hispanic entrepreneur, is partnering with activist, actor and producer Wilmer Valderrama to launch The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund by SIA Scotch. (
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The Independent Channel: Where Trends Take Hold
Trends are made in the independent liquor retail channel. Local liquor stores are where drinking communities go for experimentation and discovery. So trends that start in bars and restaurants then move through local retailers and into drinkers' homes. Craft brands with insight into this trajectory can capitalize to create better futures for their distilleries.

In this report from our sponsor, 3x3, you'll explore how four modern product trends tipped through local liquor store sales—illustrated through proprietary transaction data from 12+ million shoppers.
Access Assets to Advocate for DtC
ACSA has a collection of resources for guilds and distilleries to advocate for DtC changes, including a postcard to send to legislators, model guidelines necessary for elements of a model DtC bill, talking points and FAQs about DtC.
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Two Trees Beverage Introduces Two New Seasonal Flavored Whiskeys
Two Trees Beverage Co. Inc. of Fletcher, North Carolina, introduces Two Trees Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint wood-crafted flavored whiskeys.  (
Nine Banded Whiskey Unveils Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon
Austin, Texas-based Nine Banded Whiskey unveils its Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon, a new expression of the brand’s popular Wheated Bourbon boasting rich, complex flavors. (
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Read the Latest Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The American Craft Spirits Association proudly presents the July 2021 issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine! In our cover story, we profile craft liqueur producers who are tuning in to the evolving tastes of consumers. This issue also includes stories on honey spirits, light whiskey and much more!

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ACSA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the eligible voting members of the Association. Voting members must be independent licensed distillers (DSPs) annually removing fewer than 750,000 proof gallons from bond (the amount on which a Federal Excise Tax is paid.)